The victims: Amanda Doss and her children, Texas (8) and Guinivere (11)
The ATF and Texas Rangers were called in to assist Bowie County Sheriffs early the investigation
The scene of the crime: A fire destroyed the Doss home on May 11, 2011.
BOWIE CO., TX (KSLA) -
A 16-year-old female from the Redwater area has been arrested and charged with three counts of capital murder in the deaths of a Texarkana mother and her two children.
The arrest comes nearly three months to the day after the bodies of 34-year-old Amanda Doss, 8-year-old Texas Johnson and 11-year-old Guinivere Doss were pulled from the smoldering rubble of their rural Bowie County home on May 11th.
Autopsies confirmed all three died from violent injuries prior to the fire, which investigators believe was set to destroy evidence of the murders.
There were no solid suspects until a stunning phone call around 8:30 p.m. Friday from a woman Bowie County Sheriff James Prince describes as "pretty upset and crying," saying she knew who killed Amanda, Texas and Guiniviere. Her daughter had confessed.
Investigators went to the home immediately and interviewed the 16-year-old, who Prince says was able to provide details that only someone who was at the scene of the crime and involved in the killing would have known.
No details have been released on what may have been the motive, and Prince will only say the teen was an acquaintance of the family.
Prosecutors are expected to try to have her certified as an adult to face the capital murder charges. No additional arrests are expected at this point, and the sheriff says he believes the community can rest easy now that the killer is no longer on the loose.
Over the course of the investigation, the total pot of reward money for information leading to an arrest and conviction in the murders grew to $148,570.00, including $3,000 from the Texarkana Area Crimestoppers Board of Directors. "This lady does not want the reward," Sheriff Prince says. "She's very hurt about what happened."
The teen is being held at an undisclosed juvenile detention facility.
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